Linda Lee Summers, 78 of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, March 24, 2023. She was born November 7, 1944, in Gary, IN to Maxwell Reed Summers and Treva Marie (Grose) Summers. Linda graduated from William A. Wirt High School in Gary, obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Purdue University, and earned her Master’s degree in Education from Valparaiso University. She began her teaching career at St. Bridget’s in Hobart, then moved to the Valparaiso School System, where she taught for 30 years, before retiring from Benjamin Franklin Middle School. In retirement, Linda volunteered her time tutoring those who were preparing to take the US citizenship test. She also enjoyed reading, watching classic old movies, and collecting antiques. She took great pride in the lives of her nephews and niece, whose pictures adorn the walls of her home. Linda will be remembered as someone who was always spreading happiness and laughter to those around her.
Linda is survived by her sister, Marcia (Jim) Dwyer of AZ; brother, Bill (Sandy) Summers of KY; nephews: Bill (Laura) Summers Jr., Daniel Summers, and Michael Dwyer; nieces: Sarah (Codi) Lile and Katie Dwyer; great nephew, Wiley; great niece, Madeline; and brother-in-law, Tom Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Barbara Lewis.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a funeral service beginning at 5:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click here to watch the recorded funeral service.
Our family lived just a few houses down from the Summers. I knew her now deceased sister, Barbara. I was closer to age to Barb. Linda was older than me but always so very very nice. I'm sure she will be sorely missed by her family and close friends. -Eileen Wilhelm (Kush)
Linda became my neighbor and dear friend when I moved to Ridgewood Creek over ten years ago. We were on our association board together. Conversation with Linda was always easy and interesting. Our identical political views were a favorite topic. At every level, national, state, local, and neighborhood, we were on the same page. We read many of the same books and loved to share teacher stories. Linda was sharp and articulate. It was a joy to visit together. I will miss her. To Bill, Sandy, and the rest of the Summers family, my deepest sympathy. May her memory be eternal. -Tina Weldy
Saying goodbye to a fiend and colleague with whom we have laughed and cried is heartbreaking. Linda left her colleagues with special memories never to be forgotten. During her tenure at Benjamin Franklin Middle School she was a dedicated professional and leader; a gracious lady who will be missed by all who knew her. To her family and friends, remember "earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal." -Glenn Gambel